NORDSCI Conference proceedings 2020, Book 1

Education and educational research

TEACHING CULTURE: NON-VERBAL INTERCULTURAL BLUNDERS THROUGH EXPAT EYES

Lecturer Dr. Marcela Alina Fărcașiu

ABSTRACT

The 21st century is witnessing a growing movement of people from one corner of the world to another, either for business or personal reasons, like never before. These people will be bringing with them their own differences, values, beliefs, and communication styles. Cultures will clash at the workplace, at a party, in the supermarket, in the subway, when dealing with the authorities, and the list can go on. That is why, this paper aims at providing students (i.e. future employees or managers, who will undoubtedly come into contact with different cultures in their future careers) with notions related to intercultural communication, mainly non-verbal communication. The paper also posits that one way of acquiring the intercultural communication competence in the classroom is by providing real-life examples of what such communication means, i.e. through accounts and stories told by expats, who are people who travel and decide to relocate to another country (embracing or not the new culture) mainly for business-related reasons.

KEYWORDS

culture, intercultural blunder, non-verbal communication, expatriates, chronemics

REFERENCE

NORDSCI International Conference 2020, Book 1, Conference Proceedings, ISSN 2603-4107, ISBN 978-619-7495-11-9, TEACHING CULTURE: NON-VERBAL INTERCULTURAL BLUNDERS THROUGH EXPAT EYES, 93-100 pp, DOI paper 10.32008/NORDSCI2020/B1/V3/10